5:48 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Vigorous Exercise Cuts Flu Risk

Doing at least two and a half hours of vigorous exercise each week cuts the chance of developing flu.

BBC: Flu Risk 'Cut By Vigorous Exercise'

The annual Flu Survey from British researchers finds moderate exercise did not appear to have a protective effect against the illness.

Election 2014
5:35 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Madigan To Deploy 181 Teams To Monitor Primary Election

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced 181 teams of assistant attorneys general and investigators from her office will be working throughout the state on Tuesday, March 18, to monitor the primary election.

Madigan urges voters to call her office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity. Chicago and northern Illinois voters can call 1-866-536-3496 (TTY 1-800-964-3013).

Attorney General Madigan reminded voters of some of their basic voting rights:

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Election 2014
12:09 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Ballot Issues Include Sales and Property Taxes, School Closing

Voters in several counties in northern Illinois will decide various referenda on Tuesday in addition to selecting candidates for county, state and federal offices. McHenry County heads the list with seven propositions on the county ballot.
Several propositions seek authority to negotiate for electricity rates for residential and small commercial retail customers. Another question in at least two counties is whether a one-percent sales tax should be imposed to benefit school facilities.

McHenry County

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Illinois Pensions
7:40 am
Fri March 14, 2014

To Retire Or Not To Retire: That Is The Question

Credit state of Illinois

The courts ultimately will decide what happens to Illinois’ pension-reform law.  But, two and a half months before the overhaul is set to take effect, thousands of public university employees may soon face a choice: retire before July, or lose a substantial portion of their retirement income.

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6:22 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Bleak Financial Outlook For Some School Districts

Streator Superintendent Matt Wilkinson

A northern Illinois school district worries it might not be able to make payroll next year. The comments follow a new report on the financial struggles facing many districts.

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5:15 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Unemployment Rates Fall In Most Illinois Metro Areas

Credit IDES

January unemployment rates fell in 11 of 12 metropolitan areas in Illinois. That's according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in January and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak.

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5:09 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Money On The Way For Thomson

Credit Mike Moen / WNIJ

The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has committed $53.7 million in funding to the activation of Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois.  The announcement comes from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17).

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Gambling Expansion
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Lawmaker Proposes "Scaling Back" Gambling Expansion Plan

Rep. Bob Rita

The logjam on gambling expansion in Illinois has gone on for years.  Now, a state legislator leading the negotiations says he's got a new, two-pronged approach. 

Representative Bob Rita's plan would require Illinois' share of new casino revenue go to education and funding construction projects.

Rita, D-Blue Island, says he's offering two ways to get to that point.

Option one: A Chicago only-casino.

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Judge rules no more wait
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Now Available In DeKalb County

Civil Union supporters gather on the DeKalb County Courthouse steps during a 2011 rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Same-sex couples in DeKalb County don't have to wait until June 1st to get a marriage license. That was the decision approved by a judge today, and means couples can begin applying for licenses immediately.

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Anthony vs. Severson
5:36 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Two 75th District Republicans Tout Experience In Primary Race

Republicans Ron Severson and John Anthony are seeking their party's nomination in next week's primary election.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Next week, Republican voters in the 75th Illinois House District will choose the person they want to represent them in the general election this fall. The choice comes down to the man who has attracted positive national attention during his half-year in office and a long-time county government leader. 

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